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Headword: Πέτρος
Adler number: pi,1408
Translated headword: Peter, Petros
Vetting Status: high
This man lived under Justinian, "and he succeeded in becoming magister [officiorum]: [it was he] who always and daily wore down the emperors with unspeakable thefts. For although he was gentle, and utterly unfamiliar with arrogance, [he was] the most liable of all men to steal, and positively full of the stench of shame."
Greek Original:
Πέτρος: οὗτος ἦν ἐπὶ Ἰουστινιανοῦ, ἔφθασε δὲ καὶ μέχρι μαγίστρου γενέσθαι: ὃς ἀεὶ καὶ καθημέραν τοὺς βασιλεῖς κλοπαῖς ἀμυθήτοις ἀπέκναιε. πρᾶος μὲν γὰρ ἦν, καὶ ὡς ἥκιστα ὑβρίζειν εἰδώς, κλεπτίστατος δὲ ἁπάντων ἀνθρώπων καὶ ῥύπου αἰσχροῦ ἀτεχνῶς ἔμπλεως.
After the introductory clause, this entry draws on Procopius, Secret History 24.22-23. (Its opening is misremembered from Proc.'s τὸν ἅπαντα χρόνον ἡνίκα τὴν τοῦ μαγίστρου καλουμένου ἀρχήν . It improves greatly in accuracy thereafter, though 'the emperors' is a gloss on Proc.'s 'them'.)
Keywords: biography; chronology; constitution; ethics; historiography; history; imagery; military affairs; politics
Translated by: John Mulhall on 9 November 2011@18:49:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified tr and notes; more keywords; cosmetics) on 10 November 2011@04:29:17.
David Whitehead on 1 October 2013@05:42:13.
David Whitehead (coding) on 23 May 2016@04:33:51.


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